Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Poldark Is an Antidote to All Those Hard-Hitting Crime Dramas; Aidan Turner Is Back in His Breeches for a Third Series of Poldark, but While Fans Lap Up the Cornish Drama, He Tells SUSAN GRIFFIN Why It Can Leave Him Cringing at Times

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Poldark Is an Antidote to All Those Hard-Hitting Crime Dramas; Aidan Turner Is Back in His Breeches for a Third Series of Poldark, but While Fans Lap Up the Cornish Drama, He Tells SUSAN GRIFFIN Why It Can Leave Him Cringing at Times

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Byline: SUSAN GRIFFIN

POLDARK fans might be waiting with baited breath for the return of the brooding Ross Poldark, but the man responsible for breathing life into the character has difficulty watching at times. It's the accent, explains Dubliner Aidan Turner, who adopts "a Posh British accent" for the Cornish drama.

"It's not always on point really," laughs the 33-year-old, casually dressed in jeans and a dark green T-shirt, his dark curly hair cut short.

"That's why it's quite difficult to watch sometimes. You hear it slipping quite a bit."

The popular drama soon returns to our screens for season three and this time we're looking at a more mature Poldark.

"He's obviously getting older. I think drawing a line between the two families is what needs to happen," says the actor, referring to Poldark's frosty relationship with the ruthlessly ambitious George Warleggan (Jack Farthing).

"I think the last time they were fighting, it was George's head in the fire or something, and there are only so many places you can go from there.

"They're both fathers now and have a family to consider, so it's part of growing up. Ross is becoming more mature and his decisions are more measured... sometimes."

Aidan points out Poldark was given a reality check when his long-suffering wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) threatened to walk out on him after learning he'd been unfaithful with his first love, Elizabeth (Heida Reed).

"She was leaving, she had her bags packed," he confirms. "It's only because he managed to pull it together at the last second [that she stayed] but I don't think he ever imagined she was going to leave. When she did, I think that's when it hit home, the severity of what he did. I don't think he really thought about it much before. I think he's conscious of not making the same mistakes again."

But then, Poldark's a man to put his head into thatching, scything, mining, or anything else that can distract him from the stark reality of a situation.

"If Ross isn't thinking about it or talking about it, it's not really happening. It doesn't exist," explains Aidan, who played a vampire in the BBC Three series Being Human and the dwarf Kili in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.

"There's a lot of denial, so he just keeps himself busy, taking his mind off that pressing concern until there's real reason to think about it.

"It's interesting playing someone like that. If he just involves himself with something else, he can detach himself from reality. It's quite a talent."

Debbie Horsfield, who has adapted Winston Graham's books, revealed the action for series three is taken from The Black Moon and part of The Four Swans novels.

New faces will be popping up, including Demelza's brothers, the free-spirited Drake (Harry Richardson) and intensely religious Sam (Tom York). …

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